Hello, everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve been out of my shell all day every day for the past two weeks and I haven’t had the chance to write posts about what’s happening thus far. (Except for right now, which is 4 a.m. in the morning.)

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My cousins, my cousin’s cousins (for the lack of a better word) from Florida, and I went to New York City and explored new places I haven’t been before. We were pretty hungry when we arrived so we went to a restaurant called Totto Ramen. It was lucky for us to get a table as soon as we got there because a line started right after we settled down. I loved the ramen but I was too full to finish it, hence only eating less than half of it.

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To burn off the calories from our ramens, we went to the newly opened One World Trade Center. 

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The 9/11 Memorial was just beside the 1 WTC. The names of the victims of the bombings are inscribed on the walls of the pools. My cousins found the name of their uncle there :c

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The High Line was our next destination. Our feet were hurting so we just went there to rest.

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Hunger was coming back again so we ate at a nearby restaurant.

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Yum! Our seats were facing the window and I went outside and took a picture of all them through the window lol.

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Tried posing in the middle of the street. 

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We were gonna go to the Natural History Museum but it was closed already. We might go there the next time we go to NYC.

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Last but not the least, Central Park! I was the one who suggested going there but I regret doing so. We just kept on walking around the park for a while, meeting swarms of insects every couple of feet, until it got too dark. We tried retracing back our steps but we couldn’t remember which paths we took so we asked some strangers how to get back near the museum. Turns out they gave us the wrong directions and we had to walk from the west to the east side of the city in the dark. We were pretty exhausted by then and we were just so glad when we finally sat down on the subway heading back home.

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what camera did you use in your latest post chi-town? was it instax?

Hi! I used a point-and-shoot camera for most of them but the last one was taken using a phone. I did use my Instax too but I didn’t post the picture (yet).

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Spontaneous trip to Chicago because all our plans of going there before always fell through. My uncle’s mom, who is currently visiting from Seattle, wanted to go to Chicago before my cousins and I head back to New York for vacation. Before going, she told me how she wanted to travel to many places and have good stories to bring home to her family. How inspiring. <3

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My aunt and uncle wanted to see The Bean because they saw it when they watched Transformers.

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I took out my instax to take a picture of it and some people looked at me weirdly. Wonder why (lol).

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After endless pictures, we headed next to Navy Pier. I was just there two weeks ago so I wasn’t excited about going there at first. But then again, night was crawling fast and I wanted to see the city lights so bad.

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All of my relatives kept on asking me if the Ferris wheel goes faster. They were disappointed when I said no lol. It would make getting on and off it really hard though if that was the case.

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My little cousins didn’t want to go on the Ferris wheel because it’s “scary” but they were pretty giddy about going on the Wave Swinger.

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"Please put your gadgets away and enjoy your ride." Uhh, no thanks. Gotta take pictures while I’m up there. *smirk*

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There was an event at the Crystal Gardens so we didn’t get to take pictures inside.

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We were starving by then so we got a funnel cake and crepes, but there was a swarm of insects where we bought food which was really disgusting. We headed back home at 9 p.m. and arrived an hour later. I wanted to go to the Sears Tower and see all the pretty lights but it was too late and we needed to rest for the road trip. Oh well, next time.

Tagged with: travels · chicago · city · lights · millennium park · navy pier · the bean ·

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Happy late Fourth to all Americans out there! I made plans for that day but they all got cancelled so yay for that. My friends and I were gonna have a picnic at a park near our school with red, white, and blue foods but some of them had plans so we didn’t go anymore. Then my family decided to go to Chicago but my relatives are coming next week so we thought of just going there when they come.

My family celebrated Fourth of July the Filipino way lol. We ate a lot of Filipino food at our yard while some really old songs were playing in the background. 

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Love the bows at the back of my top. ♥

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I I painted my nails blue and red and added white dots (stars are too complicated) and stripes for the occasion.

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Me being awkward in front of the camera because I don’t know what pose and face to do. I much prefer to be behind the camera.

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My cousin and I went to the park at 9 p.m. to watch the fireworks. We didn’t bring any chairs or blankets so we just walked around the park again and again to not make it look awkward. She then spotted a friend and stayed with her so I just joined them and I just went on my phone because yep. There were adorable children who were chasing each other and the one chasing the other was like, “Give me a hug!” How cute is that? *u*

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The fireworks started at 9:30. We were watching four different firework shows at the same time since we could see the fireworks from the towns nearby.

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Back home, my cousin and I lit up the sparklers to end the night.

Windsor top // Forever 21 skirt // Target sandals // Gifted earrings & bracelet

Tagged with: outfits · fourth of july ·

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My mom kept on ranting about how mad she was that my friends and I were going to Chicago until we got to the train station, which was definitely a great way for me to start my day. Right before the train came, one of our friends texted us last minute saying that she couldn’t go so there were only five of us. It took us an hour to get to the city because the train kept on stopping every few minutes.

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We walked for a long time until we got to our first stop - Navy Pier! We rode on a free trolley to get there from Michigan Avenue. They’re currently renovating it so we had a long walk just to get to the rides.

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Some of my friends were panicking at first about going on the Ferris wheel, but they soon realized that it wasn’t as bad as it looked. I brought my Instax with me and took pictures while at the top of the Ferris wheel. New film well-spent. ♥

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It was surreal to see a little strip of cloud suspended in the sky while we were at the top.

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We then rode on the wave swinger afterwards. And again, some of my friends were anxious about riding it at first but liked it when it was done. I spent most of my time on it trying to take pictures but most turned out blurry.

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My feet are fabulous.

We were originally gonna go to Lake Michigan but my friend didn’t have the instructions on how to get there. I’ll probably go when my relatives arrive from New Jersey this July.

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Hunger was gnawing at our stomachs so we went back to Michigan Avenue to look for places to eat. We wanted our trip to be all Chicago style so we had a deep dish pizza at Giordano’s that tasted really good. Add in the fact that we waited for it for 45 minutes without eating anything beforehand. We just played I Spy while waiting and I won most rounds. We didn’t get a picture of the pizza because we were too hungry and we just devoured it as soon as it came. No one wanted to eat the remaining piece anymore so we gave it to a homeless person on the street. We felt really happy doing so :)

Michelle posted a picture of Eataly on Instagram before so we decided to head there. It’s a market/restaurant combined in one and the food looked fancy and delicious. We all ordered gelatos that tasted heavenly.

Since we were at Michigan Avenue, we obviously had to go shopping. I went shopping the day before so I just got my friend a gift for her birthday.

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Sears Tower!

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We went back to the train station and arrived home at 4 p.m. I was glad that I got to wander around the city with my friends (and no adults) and manage safely while we were there. I’ll update this post with more pictures once my friends send them to me.

Tagged with: travels · chicago · friends · navy pier · eataly · sears tower ·

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My friends and I made a bucket list for summer three months ago when we had a sleepover, which included cooking a dish, decorating patios, going to Chicago by ourselves, etc. So far, we’ve basically done nothing and we’ve decided to change that by next week. We’re going to take the train to Chicago and let ourselves be consumed with wanderlust. That is, if our parents let us (which will most likely not happen).

Annalee finally came back from Florida last week and we went to Diana’s house to have some real Mexican tacos. She brought Every Flavour Beans from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (T^T) and of course, I got the bad ones like grass and soap. Michelle also brought macarons and I was the only one who didn’t bring anything. Ha. We wanted to climb up a tree afterwards but there weren’t any good ones around to climb up on so we had to use a ladder as our little aid lol. We then played The Game of Life, where I was a “stripper” and earned the most by doing so. *smirks*

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We went swimming last Friday and had a good time (despite some issues we had… lol). Anyway, we were just talking about random things (e.g. what it’s like to be a mermaid, how 8- to 12-year old kids act like know-it-alls, what our preferences in a guy are, and many more) while awkwardly avoiding other classmates who were there as well. We then ate, changed, and walked a mile or so while appreciating the designs of houses at the town we were at.

Looking forward to spending more time with these girls. <3

Tagged with: personal · summer · friends · swimming ·
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